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Thermoelectric properties of hot-pressed skutterudite CoSb3
Institute of Materials Research, German Aerospace Center (DLR).
Institute of Materials Research, German Aerospace Center (DLR).
Institute of Materials Research, German Aerospace Center (DLR).
Institute of Materials Research, German Aerospace Center (DLR).
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2007 (English)In: Journal of Applied Physics, ISSN 0021-8979, E-ISSN 1089-7550, Vol. 101, no 5, 053713- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the present work, skutterudite CoSb3 were fabricated by hot pressing at different sintering temperatures under vacuum and argon. For the prepared compacts, the phase, the microstructure, and the temperature dependent thermoelectric properties were characterized. The correlation of the materials factors: density, grain size, Sb content, with the thermoelectric variables: Seebeck coefficient, electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, and dimensionless figure of merit (ZT), is presented. The achieved ZT values are also compared with those reported in the literature. The investigated samples show larger electrical conductivity due to existence of metallic Sb and smaller thermal conductivity because of fine-grained structure. A maximal ZT of 0.11 was achieved for the samples sintered at 853 K under vacuum and at 773 K under argon. A moderate improvement on ZT for pure CoSb3 is shown in the present work.

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2007. Vol. 101, no 5, 053713- p.
Keyword [en]
Electric conductivity, Hot pressing, Physical properties, Seebeck coefficient, Sintering, Thermal conductivity, Thermoelectricity, Vacuum applications, Fine grained structures, Skutterudites
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Materials Chemistry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-8687DOI: 10.1063/1.2538036ISI: 000244945400074Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-33947411480OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-8687DiVA: diva2:14073
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QC 20100924Available from: 2008-06-04 Created: 2008-06-04 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
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1. Fabrication of Nanostructured Materials for Energy Applications
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fabrication of Nanostructured Materials for Energy Applications
2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
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World energy crisis has triggered more attention to energy saving and energy conversion systems with high efficiency. There is a growing awareness that nanoscience and nanotechnology can have a profound impact on energy generation, conversion, and recovery. Nanotechnology-based solutions are being developed for a wide range of energy problems such as, solar electricity, hydrogen generation and storage, batteries, fuel cells, heat pumps and thermoelectrics. This thesis deals with the design and fabrication of novel functional materials/architectures for energy-related applications. The study includes two parts: Nanostructured thermoelectric (TE) materials for energy conversion and nanostructured metallic surfaces for energy heat transfer.

In the first part, the focus is given to the fabrication of novel nanostructured TE materials and architectures. TE materials are very important functional materials that can convert heat to electrical energy and vice versa. Recently, nanostructuring TE materials showed very promising potential to improve their TE figure of merit which opens a new venue for the TE world. As a result, some advanced nanostructured TE architectures are proposed as the state-of-the-art TE materials/structures. Among these advanced TE architectures, bismuth telluride nanowires/thick films and skutterudite nanocomposites with nanoinclusions have been successfully fabricated and some of their advantageous TE performance has been demonstrated. For example, an improvement of 11% on the figure of merit, ZT, was achieved in the CoSb3 nanocomposite with 5 mole% ZrO2 as nanoinclusion. Comprehensive physico-chemical characterization techniques have been used for the synthesized TE materials. The potential-Seebeck microprobe, 4-point probe and laser flash apparatus have been used for the measurement of TE parameters on the TE materials.

In the second part of the thesis, we developed a nanostructured macro-porous (NMp) surface for enhancing heat transfer in boiling process. Enhanced surfaces for boiling improve the energy efficiency of heat pumping equipment such as air conditioners, refrigerators, etc. Conventional techniques currently used for fabricating enhanced surfaces are often based on the use of complicated mechanical machine tools and require a large consumption of materials and give only limited enhancement of the boiling heat transfer. In this thesis, we present a new approach to fabricate enhanced surfaces by using electrodeposition under specific conditions forming in-situ dynamic gas bubble templates. As a result, the NMp metallic surface layer comprising of dendritically ordered copper branches is obtained. Since the structure is formed during the evolution of the dynamic bubbles, it is ideal for the bubble generation applications such as boiling. The efficiency of the NMp surfaces for boiling heat transfer was evaluated in pool boiling experiments. At the heat flux of 1 W/cm2, the heat transfer coefficient for the NMp surface is found to be more than 17 times higher than the reference surface. It's estimated that such an effective boiling surface would improve the energy efficiency of many heat pumping machines with 10 - 30 %. The extraordinary enhancement of boiling performance is explained by the structure characteristics, which assist in enhancing nucleation of the gas bubbles, subsequent coalescence, and facilitated departure from the surfaces.

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Stockholm: KTH, 2008. x, 72 p.
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Trita-ICT/MAP AVH, ISSN 1653-7610 ; 2008:12
Keyword
Materials Chemistry
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Materials Chemistry
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-4807 (URN)978-91-7178-994-5 (ISBN)
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2008-06-13, Sal N1, KTH-Electrum 3, Isafjordsgatan 28 A/D, Kista, 10:00
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QC 20100924Available from: 2008-06-04 Created: 2008-06-04 Last updated: 2010-09-24Bibliographically approved

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